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385 students opt out of sending vaccination records

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

Posted on October 06, 2015 in News
By USM Free Press

By Erica Jones

In recent years vaccines have become a hotly-debated topic, leading to division in schools over whether students should be allowed to be exempt from getting vaccinated.

This year at the University of Southern Maine, 385 of the school’s 7,554 students opted out of sending vaccination records, according to Lisa Belanger, Director of Health Services at USM.

That is approximately five percent of students.

Currently, students do not need to provide any specific argument in order to waive out of sending records of their immunizations, or lack of. The reasons students opt out include religious principles, philosophical oppositions, as well as simply being unable to acquire their records due to significant inconveniences, such as an inability to access their records or no longer possessing them.

“That convenience becomes inconvenient if an outbreak does happen,” explained Cori Cormier, a University Health and Counseling Services staff member, referencing USM’s policy that all students without vaccination records are required to leave campus for the duration of the outbreak.

The concern of an outbreak is not met with the same reaction everywhere, with nation wide anti-vaccination movements expounding the dangers of these life-saving medicines based on refuted, false scientific studies, mainly a redacted paper by former British surgeon Andy Wakefield which insinuated a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

In his paper, Wakefield claimed that vaccines caused autism due to a mercury-containing compound called thimerosal which was an ingredient in earlier vaccines.

Despite there being no scientific evidence in favor of thimerosal’s relation to autism, the compound was eliminated from most vaccines in 1999 as a precaution.

The state of Maine’s vaccination exemption rate is one of the highest in the country at 1.7 percent, more than double the national average, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Low vaccination rates contribute to the spread of diseases such as measles, pertussis, and chickenpox. The dangers of these diseases, all made less prevalent by vaccines, have some Maine citizens concerned about their safety and that of their families.

“I think schools should require vaccinations. Anybody who doesn’t get vaccinated poses a risk for the resurgence of deadly diseases,” said Michael J., a Physics major and junior at USM.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Maine is one of the 18 states that allow parents to waive their children from immunizations for philosophical reasons.

Also reported in the Portland Press Herald were Maine’s school-by-school vaccination rates, released by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The troubling data revealed that 20 percent of students at South Portland’s Small Elementary School were opted out of vaccines by their parents, giving the school one of the highest opt-out rates in Maine.

The realization that the country is not as immunized as it could be has led to action from pro-vaccination movements, including groups within the state of Maine.

“It simply is not safe to have a large population of unvaccinated people,” said an anonymous USM student. “Maine is supposed to be a place where you dream of retiring – not catching measles.”

  • HBE

    And the Debate goes on

  • Terri77

    “Life-saving medicines….” Exactly how many children have died within hours or days of receiving their “life-saving medicines”? At 4000 cases of SIDS a year, too many!

    GlaxoSmithKline showed a clear link between SIDS and vaccination in their Infanrix Hexa (6 in 1 shot) study. There were 67 cases of SIDS that occurred after vaccination of a child 0-12 months old with 2/3 happening within days 0-2. If SIDS were not related to vaccination, the number should have been steady through the entire 20 days of followup at 3-4 a day not 42 in the first 3 days. So, let’s call vaccines what they are “Russian Roulette.”

    See table 36 on Page 201 (249 of the PDF):

  • Voter

    As a news reporter I think you should read the Wakefield papers. Andrew Wakefield never said the vaccine caused autism. He said there should be “further investigations” to see if it was a possible cause of gastrointestinal problems in autistic children. Quit parroting press releases. And maybe investigate who paid Brian Deer to do his so-called “investigative” journalism.

  • Corrections to this poorly researched article:

    1. Andrew Wakefield is a GI doc, not a surgeon.

    He never claimed that the MMR caused autism, he reported that parents
    reported regression into autism following the MMR, and referenced
    previous applicable research. To quote the paper, “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described [autism]. ”

    The MMR does not, and has never, contained thimerosal. Mercury is
    extremely toxic and kills living organisms, which is why it is added to
    some vaccines to kill bacteria. The MMR is a live virus vaccine and Hg
    would kill the organisms in it, thus rendering the vaccine useless.
    There are TWO DIFFERENT theories on routes of autism causation, one via
    measles infection and/or injected with aborted fetal DNA in the MMR and
    another via thimerosal exposure, that you are confusing with each other.

    Most of the research into vaccine/autism causation shows that they are
    links, and even shows the mechanisms by which this happens. (And no none
    of this has been retracted)

    Thimerosal was not removed from vaccines in 1999. Vaccine makers began
    lowering the amount of mercury in vaccines in 2001 in the US, but no
    lots were pulled, so full dose Hg vaccines were on the shelves as late
    as 2007. Hg is still in many vaccines, but at a greatly reduced level,
    but still in most flu shots at full doses.

    6. There is no measles “spreading” in Maine. There has not been a case of measles in Maine in 18 years.

    Pertussis and Mumps have been in circulation because the vaccines we
    currently use for this are very ineffective. The bacterium that causes
    Pertussis has mutated, and is not longer well addressed by the current
    vaccine. In fact new evidence suggests that it may actually be promoting
    the spread of the illness now, as between 40% to 100% of cases in
    current outbreaks are occurring in those fully vaccinated for the
    disease, and few of the unvaccinated are contracting the illness.

    is currently defending the mumps component of the MMR vaccine in a
    federal court against a whistleblower scandal in which Merck’s own
    scientists have charged them with falsifying their efficacy data in 2000
    to get the mumps vaccine re-approved by the FDA. It may be 0% effective
    against the circulating strain.

    There is no widespread anti-vaccine movement. There is a vaccine safety
    and vaccine choice movement. Parents are concerned with vaccine safety,
    the lack of legal liability for vaccine makers, who can’t be sued when
    their products cause harm and kill children, admissions by CDC
    researcher William Thompson that his research team committed fraud in
    their MMR/autism research (going as far as putting a garbage can in the
    middle of the room and throwing away children’s medical records to avoid
    reporting the vaccine autism links they found), CDC corruption
    including perjury in congressional hearings, the fraud indictment of CDC
    vaccine autism research Paul Thorsen by the Department of Justice, the
    tripling of the vaccine schedule in one decade, the refusal of HHS to do
    vaccinated v. unvaccinated studies to determine if the current vaccine
    schedule is causing or contributing to the current epidemics of
    autoimmune and neurological disorders, the ignorance of physicians on
    federal vaccine injury guidelines and the media that is complicit in the
    corruption of the vaccine program by writing propaganda pieces for the
    industry like this one.

    The public wants informed consent in vaccination, and a corruption free program.

    Ginger Taylor, MS

    Director of the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice

  • NM Pioneer

    Still convinced vaccines are safe and necessary? Dr. Suzanne Humphries , MD, Board Certified Nephrologist, and co- author with Roman Bystrianyk of the book, Dissolving Illusions – Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, gives you the side of the story that is often suppressed, but necessary if you want to make your own truly balanced decision, and also explains in a brief YouTube video what reduced some deadly diseases like cholera and tuberculosis in parts of the world without any vaccines at all.

    Please listen to this interview with Dr. Humphries:

    …and if you want to know the real history of vaccinations, her book reveals and dissolves many illusions created by misinformation and fear regarding the cause and prevention of disease.

  • guest

    I applause these young people for stepping outside of the Matrix and not following the herd.

    In the event of a outbreak keep in mind a couple of things:
    -Every school has been threatening parents with not allowing their child to attend school unless they are vaccinated so we now know from current studies that Vaccines shed viruses & bacteria into the environment therefore Vaccinated people are contagious. So if there is an outbreak of Measles, Whooping cough, Mumps or the Flu-do a PCR test to determine if it is a vaccine strain. Don’t immediately fall for the CDC propaganda that unvaccinated children are causing outbreaks which on face value-if vaccines worked is a ridiculous concept-if vaccines worked.

    -All the fear mongering about the Flu and other vaccines is a prelude to what was planned for this country 35 years ago- A National Vaccine Plan. Mandatory vaccines for everyone from cradle to grave thanks to the CDC/HHS and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Healthy People guidelines was initiated 35 years a government program under Health Human Services. It has been updated on a regular basis and today is know as Healthy People 2020. It’s goal is the implementation of the U.S. National Vaccine Plan. (dot) pdf Shot version:
    Mandatory vaccines for children up to the age of 18. Children in the US receive 49 DOSES OF 14 VACCINES BEFORE AGE 6. 69 DOSES OF 16 VACCINES BY AGE 18. After completion of the childhood vaccinations what will kick in at age 19 is the Adult immunization plan: CDC recommends 72 vaccinations between the ages of 19 and 65. http://www.cdc (dot) gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule.pdf
    The Adult plan spans age range 19-75 . Currently there are 300 new vaccines in the developmental pipeline: 2013 report of Pharma. http://www.phrma (dot) org/sites/default/files/pdf/Vaccines_2013.pdf
    So for those of you who think that vaccines are the key to good health despite all studies over the last decade has shown otherwise, you’ll get your chance to be part of a grand scale experiment if these draconian measures are implemented. Healthy People 2020-
    If you are interested in how this inform came to light: Healthy 2020 with Dr Sherri Tenpenny for #b1less NEWS #CDCwhistleblower – (dot) com/watch?v=oBdH2VQwxfM.

  • Anonymous

    Since there is so much ridiculous ignorance being blathered about,
    particularly on the pro-vaccine side, I thought it would make sense to
    remind everyone of the actual facts of the matter. First of all,
    vaccines have had even less impact with regards to measles than I’d
    shown yesterday, because 1912-1916 was not the peak of the
    pre-vaccination era. From the CDC:

    1900-1909: 8377 deaths per year (average) associated with measles.

    1920-1929: 6659 deaths per year (average) associated with measles.

    1953-1962: 444 deaths per year (average) associated with measles.

    1959-1962: 404 deaths per year (average) associated with measles.

    To be more precise, lets look at the actual annual deaths recorded in
    the years leading up to the introduction of the vaccine. Remember that
    the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963.

    1950: 468

    1951: 683

    1952: 618

    1953: 462

    1954: 518

    1955: 345

    1956: 530

    1957: 389

    1958: 552

    1959: 385

    1960: 380

    1961: 434

    1962: 408

    Obviously, the reduction of deaths from 8,377 to 408 is even better than
    the decline from 5,300 to 450 cited in the Oxford Journals study
    yesterday. That means that 95.1 percent of the decline in measles
    mortality had NOTHING to do with vaccination. It could not have. The
    vaccine had not yet been introduced.

    However, even this astonishing reduction in measles mortality doesn’t
    fully account for the reduction in risk, because the population of the
    USA was much larger in 1962 than in 1909. 186,537,737 in 1962 versus
    92,228,496 in 1909, to be precise. So, the risk of measles mortality was
    1 in 11,010 in 1909 versus 1 in 457,200 in 1962.

    In other words, 97.6 percent of the population-corrected decline in
    measles mortality took place prior to the introduction of measles
    vaccination. And this was despite the fact that 90 percent of the
    population was infected with measles at one point or another.

    It might be tempting to conclude that with a 2014 population of 318,881,992, the
    worst case scenario for the USA is 697 measles deaths per year. (Just
    to put it in perspective, this is very close to the 677 annual bicycle
    deaths per year.) However, this assumes medical care circa 1962, which
    is obviously incorrect. So, we need a proxy to provide us with an
    estimate how the improvement in medical technology over the last 53
    years would likely affect the rate of measles mortality.

    Age-adjusted death rates per 100,000 persons (standardized to the
    1940 U.S. population) for diseases of the heart (i.e., coronary heart
    disease, hypertensive heart disease, and rheumatic heart disease) have
    decreased from a peak of 307.4 in 1950 to 134.6 in 1996, an overall decline of 56%

    As of 2011, the age-adjusted death rate had further declined to 109.2,
    indicating a probable 64.5 percent reduction of measles mortality. So,
    the reasonable worst case scenario for a completely unvaccinated US
    population is 248 measles deaths per year.

    And so I would ask the pro-vaccine advocate, precisely how much human
    liberty are you willing to sacrifice for a mere 248 deaths per year. If
    you’re convinced that is a sufficient justification, how can you
    possibly justify permitting your child to be a passenger in a car, ride a
    bike, or even take a bath if you believe that the use of government
    force and the elimination of parent right to medical consent is
    justified in order to eliminate the 1 in 1,287,026 risk that so
    frightens you.

    NB: “Each year approximately 800 school-aged children are killed in motor vehicle crashes during normal school travel hours.” If
    you genuinely want to save children’s lives, don’t stop unvaccinated
    children from going to school, stop ALL children, vaccinated or
    unvaccinated, from going to school.

    -Vox Day

  • guest

    movements expounding the dangers”
    -There is no anti-vaccie movement. It is a construct created by the PR arms of the pharmaceutical company and the CDC to creates a division between parents who want full disclosure about the drugs & toxins being injected into their children and parents who question nothing despite the growing epidemics of autism and child developmental disorders.

    “of these life-saving medicines based on refuted, false scientific studie”
    -There is not a single double-gold standard which is a Independent double blind placebo based controlled study on the effectiveness or safety of any vaccine. There is no study that confirms confirm the long-term safety and effectiveness of vaccines. There is no study which can confirm the long-term safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Most of all there is no studies or scientific evidence which can prove that disease reduction in any part of the world, at any point in history was attributable to inoculation of populations.

    “mainly a redacted paper by former British surgeon Andy Wakefield which insinuated a link between the MMR vaccine and autism”

    -This is a blatant lie that the CDC. Vaccine makers continue to push with the help of articles like this by the MSM who hasn’t bothers to do any research. Has anyone noticed that NONE of the article that invoke the study and mention Dr. Wakefields name NEVER tell you the name of the study. There are reason for this omission:

    -they don’t know the name of the study because they have just been handed talking points or an article altogether written by one of the many CDC/pharmaceutical ghost writers and a employee of an online media outlet puts their name of it. This is a fraudulent practice of the medical/pharmaceutical industry that has been going on for decades. Pay a doctor to use their name.

    -The have read the paper and they KNOW what they are printing is a lie. Dr. Wakefield never insinuated a link between the MMR & autism. If the “REPORT” Dr. Wakefield and his cohorts wrote was so egregious why did it take the Lancet, BMJ, pharmaceutical industry-Merck specifically and the CDC 12 (twelve) years to say something about it. There is an incestuous relationship between all the government and the pharmaceutical industry to maintain high profits because vaccines are the only money makers for pharma:
    -Has Merck formed an unholy alliance with influential medical journals, as well as with CDC? http://anthraxvaccine(dot)
    -Scientists fear MMR link to autism/ MailOnline: http://www.dailymail(dot)

    (other researchers were beginning to make the connection as far back as 2006 but once the Wakefield witch hunt began they either backed off or did their research underground to prevent the medical mafia from ruining their careers.)

    Let’s not forget the CDC/FDA/HHS/IOM/IOH/WHO/Gates Foundation/all the third world charities and the The Task Force For Global Health revolving door hiring policy:
    Regarding corruption surrounding the recommendation of influenza vaccines; there are no restrictions with regard to conflicts of interest for the employees of the CDC or for those of the FDA (Kuehn, 2010). Each employee of either agency is allowed to own stock in drug companies. There is of course the revolving door. The most blatant example of revolving door corruption may be the action of the former director of the CDC, Julie Gerberding. Gererding blocked the CDC’s planned
    retraction of their recommendation for HPV vaccine after significant numbers of girls had died or been rendered paralyzed by the HPV vaccine. Soon after blocking the retraction, Gerberding was offered and took a position at Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, the world’s best selling HPV vaccine, as head of Merck Vaccines Department (Reuters, 2009). It is a level of corruption that we would expect to see in only third world countries.
    -Kuehn, B. (Feb 3, 2010). Office of Inspector General: CDC Lax in Policing Advisors’ Conflicts of Interest. The Journal of the American Medical. Association303. 5 412.

    In the grand scheme of things who has the most reason to lie to the public about vaccines? Dr. Wakefield who was not against vaccines or corporate American, pharmaceutical industry and the government who employees are allowed to not only vote on what shot goes on the schedule (Dr. Offit) but to own stock in the pharm companies therefore profiting from them.

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